Quarantine Slapped on Pigs, Products as Swine Fever Strikes

Dr. Herbert Ngabo, the Kisoro acting District Production Officer

Kisoro – Dr. Herbert Ngabo, the Kisoro acting District Production Officer has announced a total ban on the movement of pigs and their products.

This follows an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) that was confirmed in the district.

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses.

It is caused by a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family, which also infects ticks of the genus Ornithodoros. It is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and exhaustion in pigs. The disease is highly infectious and infected pigs must be slaughtered and their carcasses buried or incinerated.

Dr. Ngabo, who also doubles as the district veterinary officer (DVO) says that the outbreak has been confirmed in Murora and Kanaba sub-counties while some other cases have also been reported in Rubuguri town council, Bukimbiri Sub County and Kirundo Sub County.

Dr. Hebert Ngabo explaining about African Swine Fever Outbreak More than 30 pigs in Murora and Kanaba Sub counties that died and were later tested turned positive for African swine fever.

“We anticipate that the disease might have crossed over from neighbouring Rwanda by Pig farmers who cross into Uganda through Murora and Kanaba. We are still carrying out investigations to come up with a conclusive report,” Dr. Ngabo explained.

He further noted that the district has issued a ban on transportation of Pigs as well as the sale of pig products including Pork which is a favourite delicacy for many Ugandans.

Dr. Ngabo said ASF cannot be prevented once an outbreak has occurred.

He noted that the best option is to completely ban any movement of Pigs.

Pork is a favourite meal for many Ugandans “Please do not buy any pig products at this time. In case of any sudden deaths of pigs, bury them in a hole that is 4 meters deep. Anyone who fails to comply with the restrictions will arrest and taken to court. The penalty will be a 2-year jail sentence,” said Dr. Ngabo

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